May 12, 2007

Lost in translation

The French seem to have found my blog, after one of their newspapers linked to my thoughts on Gordon Brown. In honour of my new visitors, you can now translate the front page into five languages (French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic) by clicking on the icons in the sidebar.

In the last thirty days, 93% of readers’ first language is English, French is about 2%, and German, Spanish and Polish are about 1% each. Unfortunately I can’t translate into Polish at the moment.

I wonder how native French, German or Chinese speakers navigate the mostly English internet. Do they have a toolbar that translates into their own language anyway? Do they just get on with it and use English? Or are these sort of icons useful?

Feel free to suggest any other languages, although I’ve got no evidence that anyone’s trying to read this in Inuit.

Incidentally, whoever’s viewing this in a screen resolution of 2560×1024, stop showing off. And I’m surprised so many people are using Firefox now – around 35% compared with IE’s 60%. Finally, 3% of you are using Microsoft Vista. Are you brave, or simply mad?

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  1. I don’t know about the other languages but the French is pretty idiosyncratic. The words are all correct as a direct translation but the context and syntax are missing. That’s a besetting problem of computer translations though.

    12 May 2007, 01:36

  2. It’s even translated my name.

    12 May 2007, 01:38

  3. Transmit on all known frequences and in all known languages. Including Welsh.

    12 May 2007, 15:15

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